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McLaren celebrating 50th with special past and present models

Latest GT to carry on Can-Am legacy

Toni Avery
Apr 29, 2013 SHARE

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, McLaren will be showcasing important models from its heritage collection at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Not only will some legendary McLaren race cars be present, but also the latest model, the 12C GT Can-Am Edition (which will take part in the run).

Not many names in the automotive industry can say they are the most successful team in the history of Can-Am racing, but McLaren, with five back-to-back world championships between 1967-1971 can. The original racers of the day were campaigned by important names including Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme, which doesn't hurt their success.

With an extensive and impressive history in Can-Am, it is no wonder that the most recent addition to the lineup will continue the legacy. The 12C GT Can-Am Edition is a serious track machine, the most race-focused car of its kind to date from McLaren. The Can-Am Edition goes back to its roots, featuring a powerful V8 engine, while an unrestricted version of the 3.8 liter twin-turbo engine in the 12C GT3 is implemented. Aerodynamics are improved resulting in better downforce, which is important for any race built car. Just saying the12C GT Can-Am is incredibly fast would be accurate but only a half truth. The car is just beautiful. If you have a pulse, looking at this curvaceous machine should give you goose bumps. It's not easy to make a car look fast standing still, but congratulations McLaren, you have done it.

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But experiencing the power of this incredible GT alone wouldn't be any fun, a passenger seat offers a second lucky occupant the opportunity to feel the incredible speed of the 12C GT Can-Am.

Being the first McLaren to wear the Can-Am name since 1972 makes this car very special and as a result will be produced in very limited numbers. No more than 30 cars will be built globally.

Although most reading this won't be able to get their hands on one of these incredible cars, here is a video that will make you want one even more. But before you watch, beware of the uncontrollable smile that you will be wearing by the end:

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